Gothic rap? Nightmare-rap? Twisted roots? These tags (and more) can easily apply to the music created by Odd Future‘s fearless leader, Tyler, the Creator. Add some James Pants and at the least we’ve got ourselves some funky rap.
When we heard Stones Throw native James Pants is a huge fan of Tyler, The Creator’s mix of dark-core and nightmare-rap (violent imagery laced with jarring lyricism), we knew the remix to the freakish hip-hop number “Seven” from the insanely-popular self-released album “Bastard” would be, well — interesting.
As Stones Throw Records points outs, “Tyler gave James Pants the stems for ‘Seven’ from his album Bastard and let him turn him into a devil with a thing for sonar ping and deep hand drums. There’s also a bit of late song sexy sax which turns into solo sad sax.”
Now if that doesn’t catch your attention, then maybe Tyler’s paranoid ramblings – “pretty chords,” as he likes to describe them – and massive synth hip-hop beats, will. He did, after all, manage to land a spot at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart with his first retail album Goblin, which officially moved over 45K units the first week of its release (May 18, 2011/XL Recordings).
Two words. We’re impressed.